Convention Spotlight: Anime Festival Orlando 2015!

Time for another Convention Spotlight! I was going to wait until later this month but the latest guest announcement got me to do it now!

 

The convention is Anime Festival Orlando and it will be at the Wyndham Resort August  14th through the 16th here in Orlando, FL! Oh yes, a few days after my birthday yet again! Gondras and I haven’t been back to this con since 2012 but this year it has us wanting to return due to the guests which I will be announcing now!

 

Guests for 2015

 

Dante Basco: You remembered that I interviewed Mr. Dante Basco for you all to read and can still read here on the Word Press blog from MetroCon last year! This year he will be in Orlando for AFO and you already remember his roles as Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender and Rufio in Hook! And of course, the very first role I heard him as and that was Jake Long in American Dragon Jake Long!

 

Eric Stuart: I know, “Wait! What!?” I know, I was surprised too! Another actor I have interviewed last year is coming to AFO and that is Eric Stuart! He is no stranger to our backyard and you can still find my post with the videos interviewing him here and also on YouTube! Plus, I did mention it as “Best Interview of 2014!” in my Bests and Worsts of 2014. For anyone new to his work, he is known as Brock and James from the original run of Pokemon, Seto Kaiba in Yu-Gi-Oh, and the role that I really got into his work with even more, Gourry Gabriev in Slayers!

 

Veronica Taylor: She is also no stranger to Orlando since she hasn’t been back since 2006 at AFO during the high of FullMetal Alchemist started going off! Yes, I still remembered the extremely long line in front of her table for the FMA signing. Veronica Taylor is returning this year and happy about it! She was the original voice of Ash Ketchum in Pokemon and May in Pokemon Advanced. Can’t forget the great hero of justice, Amelia in Slayers! Will she be interviewed for Nerdy Shique Universe? Let’s see what happens!

 

Todd Habercorn: Oh yes! Just announced today, Todd Habercorn will be appearing at this year’s AFO and it makes me really happy! I can thank him for getting me into Fairy Tail as Lucy since he is the voice of Natsu Drakneil. And of course, Mr. OCD-to-Symmetry, Death the Kid in Soul Eater! And anyone fans of it, he is also in the newest Toonami anime that was added, Kill la Kill. Not sure if I want to get the Etalus Natsu and Regular Natsu side of one of my Fairy Tail volumes signed, still happy!

 

There will be some guest DJs to be added since of course they do have their rave. And of course…can’t forget…

 

Tales of Orlandia: Every year since 2007, AFO has their live action roleplay experience for convention goers to participate in by going around the convention to help complete the story and get missions from the stage players that are in the story as well. Gondras was one of the players during 2011’s story as a crazy Jester. and now it is back with a newer story and looks like this time they are going with the theme of the Tales of…. Game series, which has been a pretty popular series by what I seen lately.

 

What is the story? It is known as “Curse of the White Witch” and this is going to be interesting! I may have toparticipate this year when I get my paws on my press badge. If you’re interested in auditioning, check the Orlandia page on the Anime Festival Orlando website for full details and how to audition! They did hold some yesterday and more to come by the looks of it! Stay tuned!

 

Well, that was short! There will be more added to the page as time goes on and the convention gets closer and closer! You can register for passes for AFO 2015 by going to their page at www.animefestivalorlando.com and if you head to their Facebook page, you can sign up for the e-mail newsletter which is pretty handy dandy!

 

Well, what is next for Nerdy Shique Universe? Will be doing a review on Soul Switch’s new song! Stay tuned! Signing off for now!

Collective Haul: Target, Walgreens, and Cosplay

Hello everyone and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It feels good to say that and also glad to move the blog to somewhere else! I thought Word Press would be better since it would be easier to read the posts I put up and the psting form is easier to work with than what Blogger has been doing. So, let’s see! Since I’ve been busy with classes, it was hard getting around to posting a haul post since I have been getting new products and a few of them are cosplay, so why not do a collective based on the cosplay items and make up I did get! Let’s go!

First is Target! I love going to Target because not only the staff is friendly and helpful, but they tend to have more products and lower prices since it feels like WalMart is rising their prices a little and of course they don’t tend to carry everything. Target doesn’t carry most of the stuff that WalMart does and same with Walgreens but I still like going there since I can find a lot of stuff. Some of the stuff I did got in the past couple of weeks include more of the Herbal Essences Honey I’m Strong shampoo and conditioner! I had to get more because while I carried my last two bottles, I didn’t know I had the shampoo bottle open in the bag I carried all my wet stuff in and it leaked and had less shampoo and ran out before the conditioner, so I got more and this time it is a bigger bottle which I do love! I love the scent of honey and hebs and it smells so good! It is like It’s Raining Men with herbs! I did get something that’s new for my makeup regiment and that is the Almay Clear Complexion Concealer Plus Treatment stick! I know I was using Maybelline’s Dark Spot Correcting Concealer but people I know thought it was too dark and it gets mixed as foundation and I tend to put too much and I do admit it gets a little greasy and it is hard to tell when I run out since it is a cream type thing. It also made my face itcy a little and didn’t clear the dark spots and blemishes I had as fast as this! I did some research on Almay’s site to see if they had something similar and this was it! It is better and different because it comes with a gel that you put on first on the spots that need it and then you put the concealer on the other end on top of the gel and blend a little. Then I put my actual concealer from the same line but compact form on top and blend even more, it helps this way since even though the concealer end looks like a powder but it warms to your skin when you put it on. Knowing me, this will be on my faves post next! Then I got three new lip products as well! Two of them are Cover Girl and the other Maybelline! First Cover Girl, I haven’t gotten anything lately from them and I heard good things about the TMega Twist Balm Tint, something like that, but I heard good things about these through favorite videos and wanted to try them out. At first I wanted to get Berry Twist but they sold out! Apparently these are popular especially Berry Twist. I know I should’ve gone to the Cover Girl section during my Walgreens run but didn’t! There is always next time, I did get the Plum Twist though since I wear plum colors time to time and well the disappointing thing is that these aren’t flavored or smell like their fruit colors, I wish they did! But I do like the idea of it being a balm tint! One thing I did get that I wanted for a long time and that is the Strawberry Splash gloss from their Fruit Spritzer line! I love strawberries and was happy that they have a strawberry gloss in this line and do like their Chocolate Mint one they made but the flavor of that one is way too strong to me, I do use it with my Double Choc lip tint from Lush, but the Strawberry one smells like if you are eating candy and it feels great! Another thing from Target I did get was the LipSmackers SPF 24 party pack! I am still trying to find the one for Paul Frank and can’t find it anywhere! If anyone has seen this thing, please comment below! I am open to comments! Anyways, this pack started coming out in time for summer since we tend to get suntan lotions and people are always saying use sunscreen and these balms have sunscreen which is good. You tend to get this on the site but now they are coming to Targets now and it is great timing! These do have the sunscreen smell but it is light in some and others a little heavy, but the smells that do come in this do stick out like the watermelon as an example, I believe there is one with strawberry kiwi and so many others! I may have to start using these since Florida is known for heat! Forgot to mention the Maybelline lip product! I finally got my paws on the Color Whispers lipsticks, well one, which is known as Pink Possibilities! Kind of like Purple Possibilities from their old cream eye shadow line but this is pink this time around. I heard so many good things about these things, especially with 11th Gorgeous who had a LipStick Haul they made. I had to get one after watching the commercials since they are lightweight and not so sticky, even when I tried it on and see how it was and boy does it feel light! I actually like this better than the Color Sensational lipstick in Sugared Honey since that one is heavy but Pink Possibilities is more lightweight. And the last thing I got was a new concealer brush because I was using the little pad that came with the Almay compact but there was a hole and decided to go with a brush. At first I wanted to go to ELF cosmetics because I heard so many good things about their concealer brushes since I already had the eye shadow one for times when I do a monolid look and do the lid colors with the quad compacts, but the lady pointed me to their brush section and a salon worker pointed this double ended one that was around $7 and it is doubled ended, one for the face that looks like a bbq sauce brush but it works pretty well and very soft! The other end is great for the eye area, which I do put the powder around it and it helps to get the tiny areas of my face and I did have a scab from when my fiance scrubbed some of the 24 Hour Tattoo shadow I was wearing one day and boy it hurt and had to hide it, don’tt worry it healed due to my skin treatment and the concealer stick I’ve been using. So, that is for Target!

Walgreens: I haven’t been to Walgreens in a long time and needed a ffew things and as said didn’t stop by Cover Girl which I should’ve but did need some other things. First, had to get more witch hazel which is really great! I love using this and helps getting the blemis spots that are left over from anything that is on my face and it may be a little drying, but I do have my container of Celestial. Then I got more round cotton pads to help use the witch hazel a lot easier. I use cotton balls with the rubbing alcohol and then the witch hazel with the pads since it would help attack the marks easier. Then got more baby wipes for my make up cleaning and I got something really nice and it the ones with the scent of green tea and cucumber! I tend to get my deodorant in this scent but this would be a nice little change and it is my fave scent. I did run by the Wet N Wild section for curiosity to see what is new, didn’t find much but they did do a Buy something for $1. 99 and theng et one half off, I got two nail polishes and they are in Wet Cement, a dark gray, and On a Trip, which is a purple that I never thought of getting until now. I should’ve gotten more items but thought these would be good enough for now, but WNW is still cheap no matter what Walgreens you go to!

Cosplay, I have been working on two cosplays lately for the summer convention season, one original the other not! First my Pokemon character, Rusty!

Rusty, my Pokemon Character: This character was another one I wanted to do and his backstory from my pokemon fics are that he used to be on Team Aqua but he betrayed them and got hurt and ended up being transported by his Starmie to the Sinnoh region and was dropped off and never saw his Starmie for a while. A Raichu finds him and becomes his Pokemon. He does lose his memories about Aqua and gets them back, I am going to plan on doing one based on “What if” and probably show what if he was on Magma and may change characters and do the sequel but a newer syndicate way. Anyways, so I am doing his Pokemon Ranger outfit but my own twist. I asked for descriptions about the costumes they wear, they sounded vvery bulky and complicated in how the creator made them and I don’t know why, after doing Ike, one of my other characters, I felt as though my design in costumes for Pokemon are easier since I can get the parts at Good Will or Plato’s Closet, even Ebay! So, here goes. I decided to do a red and black version and got the goggles off of Ebay along with the wig, which is a dark ash blond; I had a hard time finding the right length and a straight one and didn’t want to spend so much but I found one with Cosplay DNA and it was perfect and my parents didn’t recognize me! I am going to use my old Ginji gloves since they do wear gloves and despite the metal plates, it would give off a nice look and will use my black shorts with it and flip flops. A friend of mine is making the scarf, she did teach me how to knit a little but the yarn kept fraying and she decided to finish it, she is also making the ranger pin, and Raichu, which I helped her during a JoAnn’s run with getting supplies. I did get the bandana and a red shirt from Michael’s arts and crafts! And finding the bandanas and shirts were easy! I wanted to get a bandana with red nautical stars but they didn’t have one so went with a plain black one. I went to a Slavation Army for the black vest and it was perfect! So, all I have to do is wait for the rest of the stuff to be made.

Lucy Heartfilia from Fairy Tail: I did mention in my Fairy Tail review back on Blogger that I was going to be cosplaying as her for Metro and MythiCon this year since Cheramie is at MythiCon and we are doing Fairy Tail for the Blind Experience. My update is that I did get the skirt at Plato’s Closet. I remembered getting the skirt for my Anri costume from there and it was the only place that had clothes that fit, well the one closer to downtown, and I did find one that fit me in XL! I am so glad that it fits and I should go to that one more often for any skirts that would fit me. Then the boots! I had such a hard time with these because everyone on Ebay sold any boots in Medium and I am a Wide! I almost went with Hot Topic but was afraid they would be Medium and don’t want to go through another fitting fiasco with them. I did find the only Wide pair but in 12 and it did cost me a little over $50 due to shipping but it was worth it and they fit perfectly despite the size! They are also heels and boy my feet will be hurting since I am doing press for Metro, I will invest in the Dr. Scholl’s for her in-steps before then. All I need is the wig and the top that my friend is making for me since the creator of Fairy Tail is pretty elaborate.

Well, that is it for this edition of the haul! If anyone has seen the Paul Frank party pack from LipSmackers, please comment below! Next up is my faves of March and April! So, stay tuned!